Sunday June 20th
Hampshire Hoppit Trial Marathon
Race the Base Heyford 10k
Outlaw Half Nottingham Run
Sunday June 13th
Cheddar Gorge Trail Marathon
Cheddar Gorge Trail Half Marathon
Cheddar Gorge Trail 6K/4 Mile
|John McCormac||48.16||1st MV70 5th overall|
Cheltenham Racecourse Half Marathon
Saturday June 6th
Tough Runner 10km Trail Race Cornbury Park
|Lisa Kay||49:21||2nd LV40|
Eastbourne Triathlon Standard Distance
2022 GBR Age Group EU Qualifier (1500m swim, 37km Bike, 10km run)
|Graham Le Good||2:55:37||1st M65|
|31:34 1:31:52 49:14|
Sunday June 6th Graham Le Good
Having entered this event last year as a GBR age group team qualifier, it seemed a good plan to transfer the entry to this year and have a weekend at the seaside. Well that is the carrot for dragging Judith to these events!
Like all events currently being held it was subject to COVID restrictions, mask wearing until starting the event was hardly an issue but on the bonus side, the start of the swim was a walk down the beach in single file across the timing mat and “dive” into the water. This was the third triathlon I’ve competed in this year and all have the same format, enter the water individually. For 99.9% of competitors this must be great as it avoids the horrible “washing machine” start when everyone is together.
Despite my thoughts before the swim I really enjoyed it, the added complication of tides and waves was fun. Although at the two turn buoys there were swimmers not going in the optimal direction trying to get round. At the final turn back into the beach others were struggling to get ashore having been swept down the beach.
It was about 800m from the beach up and along to the transition area (bike racking and running shoes). Fortunately, for us “old boys” our bike racking was at the very end, possibly to make it easy for us to find our bikes!
The cycle section is best described as “challenging”. Right from the start it was uphill for about three miles to the top of Beachy Head at around 500ft, down the other side for another 3 miles and down 500ft, turn round and back to the start. Then repeat.
The down hills were great, S bends, hairpin bends, 35mph on the straights and all on traffic free roads with a superb surface, zero potholes! On the uphills I kept telling myself to keep spinning but had run out of gears a long way back. Some made it look so easy as they passed me but you have to remember that they were perhaps 40 to 50 years younger.
The run consisted of two out and back courses, repeated, along or close to the promenade. The air temperature had risen and with little breeze and even less shade it wasn’t going to be easy especially as due to COVID there was no water on the course.
After the race and having collected the bike, wetsuit and all the other clobber it was back to the hotel for a shower, cuppa and being competitive the RESULTS.
I was shown as 2nd M65 in a time of just under 3 hours.
However checking the results a couple of days later I had been given a 1st M65 as the original M65 winner had been disqualified (reason unknown).
I was more than pleased with that and it qualified me for the 2022 European Standard distance triathlon, Age Group 70 – 74. Location unknown as yet, so hope it meets our approval for a holiday venue!